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High Court rejects UDC nomination

High Court has this week dismissed a case in which the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) sought an order to set aside the decision of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) not to accept their party nomination for Satellite Ward in the Francistown East Constituency.  IEC had rejected the nomination for the UDC after two candidates, one after the other, appeared and presented themselves as the rightful party representatives during the recent parliamentarians and Council nominations. 

The Returning Officer then made a determination not to accept any nomination from the duo simply because they presented the same letter purportedly to be from the party president Duma Boko.  In the letter professed to have been from Boko, the pair indicated (each) that they have been nominated by the party to represent it for Council seat at next week’s hotly contested 2019 General Elections. It is understood that the IEC official turned down the duet on the basis that she could not make an objective assessment in terms of which letter, as represented to her – was fraudulent between the two and which was not.

When dismissing the urgent application on Friday (yesterday), Lobatse High Court Judge Justice Mercy Garekwe ordered: “urgent application dismissed with costs, in favour of the respondents (IEC) and against the applicants (UDC).” Garekwe further ruled that the reasons thereof will be delivered on Monday.  UDC and Selugwe attorney Kago Mokotedi had argued that the matter is urgent.  When the Judge inquired why the party sat on the issue for more than 15 days but pretend it is urgent, Mokotedi responded: “urgency is relative.” Mokotedi added that urgency does not necessarily mean that after knowing, he should have acted on the matter with a supersonic speed.

On their part, the IEC lawyers Moemedi Babitseng and Moagi Moloi contended that the matter should be dismissed as there is no urgency in it. “If the urgency is there, it is self-created,” they insisted.  In the court case, UDC and Selugwe had, on urgent basis, instituted review legal proceedings against the Respondents (IEC) seeking the court to declare that the application is urgent and hereby dispensing with the forms and time limits relating to service and filing of documents provided in the Rules of the High Court and that this matter be dealt with and determined on urgency basis.

They also wanted the court to issue an order reviewing, correcting and setting aside the decision of the IEC (to reject their nomination) delivered on the 26th of September 2019 at Francistown on the basis that the decision was grossly unreasonable, irrational, unlawful and did not take into account relevant considerations and the evidence furnished to the Returning Officer. UDC also sought an order declaring that the 2nd Applicant (Selugwe) satisfies the requirements for being nominated as the local government candidate for Satellite Ward in the Francistown East Constituency and is hereby nominated as such representing the 1st Applicant (UDC).

In the matter, UDC is the first review applicant; Chakalisa Selugwe (who was said to be the rightful UDC candidate) the 2nd review applicant while on the other side Tshepo Sedimo (who is said to have forged Boko signature to force nomination to represent the UDC) is the first respondent. IEC Returning Officer in Francistown is the 2nd respondent with the 3rd being Keireng Zuze in her capacity as the Secretary of IEC and IEC cited as the 4th respondent. Kago Mokotedi represented UDC and Selugwe while Moemedi Babitseng and Moagi Moloi stood in for the IEC and Tshepo Sedimo. Mokotedi had threatened to undertake an election petition after the next week elections to challenge that the nomination process was based on fraudulent papers that made the UDC not to be able to nominate its candidate.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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